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Bignell Street Motel

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Overview of Bignell Street Motel

Bignell Street Motel

2.5 star property
Gonville motel on beach

18 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24/7 front desk
86 Bignell Street, Whanganui, 4501
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Room service
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Front desk safe
  • Self-serve laundry
  • Luggage storage
For families
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Kitchenette
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bedroom
  • Separate dining area
  • Television

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Gonville

Getting around

  • Whanganui (WAG) - 11 min drive


  • McDonald's - 4 min drive
  • McDonald's - 6 min drive
  • Thai House Express 2 - 6 min drive
  • Manna Sushi - 6 min drive
  • Burger King - 6 min drive

About this property

Bignell Street Motel

A great choice for a stay in Whanganui, Bignell Street Motel is only 4.1 mi (6.7 km) from the airport. You'll have free perks such as WiFi and self-parking. A terrace and a garden are offered, and in-room conveniences include fridges and microwaves.



At a glance

Hotel size

  • 9 rooms


  • Check-in time from 8 AM until 9 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 15
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 15


  • Pets allowed*
  • Restrictions apply*


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Room service (limited hours)

What to do

  • On the beach


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Adjacent to a golf course


  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • DVD player
  • Flat-screen television

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Premium bedding
  • Free cot/infant bed
  • Rollaway/extra bed (surcharge)

What to enjoy

  • Separate dining area

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kitchenette
  • Stovetop
  • Cookware, dishes and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Fees & policies

Children & extra beds

  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional charge


  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of NZD 10.00 per pet, per night


This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Bignell Street
Bignell Street Motel Wanganui
Bignell Street Motel Whanganui
Bignell Street Whanganui
Bignell Street Motel Motel
Bignell Street Motel Whanganui
Bignell Street Motel Motel Whanganui

Frequently asked questions

Does Bignell Street Motel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Bignell Street Motel does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Are pets allowed at Bignell Street Motel?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of NZD 10.00 per pet, per night.
Is parking offered on site at Bignell Street Motel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Bignell Street Motel?
You can check in from 8 AM - 9 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Bignell Street Motel and nearby?
Bignell Street Motel has a garden.
Does Bignell Street Motel have self-catered rooms fitted with kitchens or kitchenettes?
Yes, a kitchenette is available in every room, and also includes a stovetop, a fridge and a microwave.
What's the area around Bignell Street Motel like?
Bignell Street Motel is in Gonville. Popular attractions include Durie Hill Elevator, which is 6 minutes away by car.






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities


2/10 Poor

Smells from gigarets in the room In the bed sperm Lat of notice in the night
1-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

Linen smelled musty/unclean and had stains on it. Pillows stank of stale body oils. We paid upfront, but didn't stay... It was a last resort as all hotels/motels had been booked out for Labour Party conference. Thankfully someone took pity on us at an amazing B & B half an hour out of Whanganu; after much searching. This motel/caravan park was the worst I've experienced; even taking some 3rd world countries into account.
1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

There appeared to be a lot of gang members standing around drinking. The police were in attendance. Not suitable for families.
GW, 1-night romance trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

Not at all value of money, would consider this hotel as a last option.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

basic motel - handy to town
gloomy room smelt of cigarette smoke - stale air - noisy occupants in other rooms
ESSIE, 2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

Would not recommend to anyone I know
I often stay in budget accommodation, so I did not book in here expecting luxury. However, this really is the pits. Some of the negative reviews "Terrifying and Disgusting" on this site seemed a little over the top, but I would now completely believe them. The filthy caravans, frankly intimidating permanent residents and general vibe of this place leave much to be desired.
2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

Having booked and prepaid to be required to pay again was /is an outrage.......The Proprietor took advantage of the lack of accommodation in town for that weekend to in my view fleece me and other members of my party Having booked room and given a caravan is unacceptable.......Travelling companions in their mid 80s and infirm our outraged......Will not complain.......Because they don't know how and of a generation who won't I will... You canvassed my/this response Rates as one of the worst episodes in my life.....Considering I/we were in that town to lay to rest my departed brother....
Charlie, 1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

2/10 Poor

booking not taken up
to confirm my telephone conversation with your customer service on 21/1/18. this booking was not taken due to the motel being full when we arrived to check in. As the fee has been deducted from my a/c i shall be gratefull for a full refund. I shoud. say that had the room been available the condition of the motel in general was so poor that we would have refused to stay.. The standards here are well below any that a credible search site should be offering.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

Checked in, but didn't stay
I don't usually bother with reading reviews and regret that I didn't in this case. I selected this motel because of its quiet location. This was the only thing the place has going for it. After 30 minutes in the room the damp smell got too much and an allergy was triggered. As a result, we reloaded the car and gave the key back and departed to find another location in which to stay. The rest of the facilities at the complex reminded me forcibly of family holidays in the early 1970s, as that would appear to be the last time the place was updated. Warning: the manager doesn't always know if you have prepaid through Wotif and may try to bill you at check in as well. While I got one lot of money back, the second was only going to be paid if the room was able to be relet. Read the cancellation policy carefully.
Andrew, 2-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review